Incidents at Dallas surgery center under review

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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) - The Texas Medical Board took exigency enactment Friday to suspend the licence of a Dallas anesthesiologist suspected of tampering with IV bags. 

The Board's bid said Raynaldo Rivera Ortiz, Jr. is nether national probe successful transportation with the decease of a chap doc and with complications patients suffered, adjacent during regular surgery. The events nether probe happened astatine Baylor Scott & White Surgicare Center successful North Dallas, which halted each surgeries this week. 

The suspension comes aft the Texas Medical Board called an exigency gathering Friday aft proceeding from national instrumentality enforcement. It said it moved rapidly due to the fact that of what it considers imminent peril to the public's health. 


The Board determined grounds exists linking Ortiz to compromised IV bags recovered astatine the surgical center.  

According to the Board's order, Ortiz was seen connected surveillance footage successful the surgical halfway depositing azygous IV bags into the warmer successful the hallway extracurricular operating rooms, and that "shortly thereafter a diligent would endure a superior complication."

The Board said laboratory tests connected IV bags taken from the aforesaid warmer recovered "visible tiny holes successful the integrative wrapper astir the bags." It said those bags contained bupivacaine, but were not labeled arsenic such.

Tests done connected an IV container fixed to an different steadfast diligent who suffered a superior bosom complication during regular country recovered the remaining fluid wrong contained akin drugs that should person not been present, according to the Texas Medical Board. 

When fixed unknowingly, the Board wrote, "such drugs could and would beryllium fatal."

Federal investigators besides look to beryllium looking astatine Ortiz successful transportation with the decease of Dr. Melanie Kaspar connected June 21.

According to the Board, connected that day, "a chap doc astatine Surgicare ... took an IV container location with her erstwhile she was sick to rehydrate. She inserted the IV into her vein and astir instantly had a superior cardiac lawsuit and died."

CBS 11 reached retired to Ortiz for remark Friday night. He was seemingly unaware his licence had been suspended and told america "I'm conscionable devastated," and that helium didn't bash it. 

The Texas Medical Board said it volition docket different proceeding connected this lawsuit arsenic soon arsenic it's applicable to bash so, and it volition supply Ortiz 10 days notice. Until then, his licence volition stay suspended.

CBS 11 reached retired to Baylor Scott & White. They said: "The information of those we service remains our priority. We volition proceed to bounds our comments arsenic we enactment authorities successful their investigation." 

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Andrea Lucia


Andrea Lucia joined CBS 11 and TXA 21 successful September 2010, 1 time earlier a tornado swept done the area. She's been covering large stories crossed North Texas ever since.

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